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The Coroner's Lunch

(2004)
(The first book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series)
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Awards
Dagger Awards Best Novel (nominee)
In Laos in the year 1976, the monarchy has been deposed, and the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor remains. And so this 72-year-old physician is appointed state coroner, despite having no training, equipment, experience or even inclination for the job. But the job's not that bad and Siri quickly settles into a routine of studying outdated medical texts, scrounging scarce supplies, and circumnavigating bureaucratic red tape to arrive at justice. The fact that the recently departed are prone to pay Siri the odd, unwanted nocturnal visit turns out to be an added bonus in his new line of work. But when the wife of a party leader turns up dead and the bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers start bobbing to the surface of a Laotian lake, all eyes turn to Siri. Faced with official cover-ups and an emerging international crisis, the doctor enlists old friends, village shamans, forest spirits, dream visits from the dead - and even the occasional bit of medical deduction - to solve the crimes.

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"The Coroner's Lunch is a satisfying feast for the mind." - Rebecca Pawel

"The Coroner's Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self-conscious about it, this book doesn't so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's books will love this one." - S J Rozan


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Hardback Editions

November 2013 : UK Hardback

Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-4713-5923-9 / 978-1-4713-5923-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery
Author(s): Colin Cotterill, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-069-0 / 978-1-84724-069-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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December 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun Mysteries)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-56947-376-5 / 978-1-56947-376-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-61695-649-6 / 978-1-61695-649-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84916-518-1 / 978-1-84916-518-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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December 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-196-4 / 978-1-84724-196-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery
Author(s): Colin Cotterill, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-070-4 / 978-1-84724-070-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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February 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-59722-172-4 / 978-1-59722-172-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-56947-418-4 / 978-1-56947-418-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Investigations)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-4551-1845-1 / 978-1-4551-1845-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Investigations)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-4551-1846-X / 978-1-4551-1846-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-4551-1847-8 / 978-1-4551-1847-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-4551-1848-6 / 978-1-4551-1848-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Coroners Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Coroners Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd
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October 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-680-X / 978-1-84724-680-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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February 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-84648-358-1 / 978-1-84648-358-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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February 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-84648-376-X / 978-1-84648-376-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Soho Crime
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December 2007 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon UK